What is FCpx and what are its features
Flexible. Flexible. Flexible. These are the three words I hear most often when people start talking about FCPX. They mean that it’s possible to do both creative and technical things in one program, not just one or the other — an all-in-one solution for a modern working professional. This is the beauty of FCPX.
FCPX is a video editing app. It’s got all of the key features that used to be found in various NLEs — it can also import and export uncompressed HD footage too, but the real strength of FCPX is that it’s designed to combine all of the various aspects of your editing process in one application. The possibilities are endless — and we’re only at the beginning.
In this article, I’m going to share with you some of the most useful tips and tricks that I use regularly when working with FCPX, and hope that they will help you get the most out of this powerful yet simple application.
Note: When I talk about “FCPX” in these articles, I am referring to version 10.1.5, which is currently available for both Mac OS and Windows. For more information about what’s new in version 10.1.5, please see this article from 9To5Mac: http://9to5mac.com/2016/10/11/640-major-features-in-new-apps/
How to use FCpx to create stunning videos
With the incredible speed of FCPX, you can edit 4K video in minutes. All you need is a Thunderbolt research and find a good NAS that created folders by date, allowing hundreds of clips to be easily accessed. It’s faster to store sounds on a separate drive from FCPX files if possible. If needed, disk space can be added very quickly. It’s not an easy task and takes time.
1. Import the files
With FCPX, you can import media directly from Thunderbolt. All you need is to drag the folder marked with “FCPX” above it into the FCPX icon. With so many 4K clips, it’s best to store them on external hard drives and use them as they come up during the editing process. Choosing “Edit in event”, users will be able to see media all at once; however, this can cause slow operation performance. Therefore, it’s best to import individual clips.
2. How to use FCpx for the first time
The pros and cons of using FCpx
FCPX is a non-linear editor, which means there’s no “play” button and it’s not possible to see the outcome after editing. This also means you’re able to save your application state and come back to it later. You can even import your edited project in another media file and resume editing at the point where you left off. Or, if you decide that you don’t like the footage, you can always move your clips to a different folder and try again. This is different from the majority of video editing software that limits you to one project file. How you choose to use this feature is up to you.
FCPX uses a timeline instead of a track-based system, meaning that all your shots will be displayed in what looks like one long bar. This is called a primary storyline. Clips can be organized by dropping them above or below one another and they will automatically readjust their length so they don’t overlap or cover each other’s content. It’s pretty intuitive, but also easy to screw up.
How to make the most of your FCpx subscription
FCPX is very different from any other editor and users should start with the free trial before they buy it. It’s also best to take a class on how to use it properly give the free trial a fair chance. This article takes you through the many different ways that you can make the most of your FCPX subscription and get a lot more out of it.
-Alyssa Dygert, Director at Ayla Studios.
As an avid user of Final Cut Pro X, I’ve spent hours on YouTube and other websites looking for tips and tricks on how to get the most out of my FCPX editing experience. When I launched Ayla Studios, I knew that it was a must to have my entire team using the new Final Cut Pro X. I’ve spent many hours researching and testing the various tips and tricks to make the most of your Final Cut Pro X subscription. Here are some of my favourite hacks for freeFinal Cut Pro X Tips and Tricks for Editors.
Organising Your Projects
Examples of amazing videos created with FCpx
The unique features of FCPX make it a top choice for creation of stunning videos. For example, its interface allows unlimited multi-camera angles and on-the-fly editing with just a click or two. You can change audio levels and add additional audio tracks with ease. It’s possible to speed up audio to play in slow motion and speed up video to play in fast motion. You can also shoot video using on-camera external devices such as a camera or DSLR.Motion Graphics
Initially created to speed up the creation of animated graphics,FCPX’s amazing features are now mostly used for creating stunning videos. Some of these features are: Power and Speed: some amazing tools like the ‘keyframes’ in the ‘key and mask’ tool allows you to add animation even on live input, allowing for smooth motion and great effects. Templates and Themes: FCPX has several animated templates and themes available in the ‘title’ window. Live Text: This allows users to type in text while a video is playing to create captions or titles. Scripts: These are used to animate transitions and text effects.